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dealing with the onset of parapelegia

My left leg is now worthless and foot drags as I hop on my right foot and supporting myself with my arms, hands, and shoulders..and my walker.. peeing in a jug, because I can't get to the bathroom in time... As bad as I hate it, I ordered a wheelchair today.. Two years ago I was walking 18 holes of golf, or working out in the gym, or doing 5 mile power walks.. Had back surgery for Stenosis last August and was on the road to recovery, actually doing well.. The therapy was working.. up until two months ago when everything relapsed.. Now my right leg is in severe sciatic pain and left is worthless.. It will be mid June before I can even get in to see my neurologist and mid May to see my neurosurgeon... to even BEGIN to try to turn this around.. Feeling desparate and helpless..


  • I am so sorry Carl. I can still walk but when the pain takes over can't do anything.
    It wouldn't be so bad if you didn't have the pain. Blogging is supposed to be cathartic. There has to be people here who have gone through this and can help you. Maybe the specialists can turn it around for you if you were ok after the operation.

    Just keep on posting - it took my mind off the pain. I could have written the long awaited book when I worked out how many pages I have written here. I was reading an article about how writing down how you really feel with no BS can help people get through almost anything. I am really sorry this has happened. Looked at your history but don't know how old you are or where you live.

    It sucks I'm sorry.
  • I am a 64 year old male who underwent an open lumbar laminectomy and decompression surgery last August 15.. I have suffered left leg weakness, hyperflexion, and buckling and accute sciatic pain in right leg.. I was diagnosed with stenosis and arthritis and surgery was performed.. I was doing well and was ahead of the recovery curve at 4 months..I plateaued and at 6 months post op, I relapsed and began a down hill spiral, began experiencing new and painful symptoms in my lumbar, butt, and legs... as well as increased weakness.. I was retested via EMG / NC and additional MRIs and diagnosed with radiculopathy on both sides L5 and S1, (both are where surgery was performed..) I live in Southern Arizona. Thanks for the encouraging response.. I hope our pain abates and we both fully recover.. Yes, it does help to vent it..Two years ago, if you would have told me I would be shopping for a wheelchair and living like this, I would have laughed it off... Now, here I am.. Life's journey takes some incredible twist and turns and I believe wholeheartedly there is a reason for each and every one of them..
  • Well, they finally got around to an MRI of my Thoracic Spine.. They found a tumor the size of a Cherry that was crushing my spinal cord at T6.. Surgery and two weeks in a Rehab unit and I'm walking again and my pain has subsided.. It only took them two years to finally take a look at the Thoracic area... The tumor was a Meningioma and was benign.. It came out clean... I got lucky..
  • You must be so relieved! I'm so sorry you've been suffering for all this time. Chronic pain is a cruel nightmare in many different ways, we loose so much. Thank you for sharing your story, a lesson for us all not to give-up, keep searching, keep fighting. You're an inspiration. It's wonderful that you finally have a bright shining light at the end of the tunnel. Bask in the sunshine, you deserve it! ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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